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People in Bradford District and Craven are being asked to plan ahead to ensure they have enough medicine supplies over the May bank holiday, by ordering any repeat prescriptions they may need, well in advance.

Many GP practices and pharmacies will be closed on the May bank holiday (Monday 6 May 2024) so it’s important anyone who has repeat medication makes sure they have enough to last the weekend.

Helen Farmer, Director for Access to Care at Bradford District and Craven Health and Care Partnership said: “As many GP practices and pharmacies will be closed on the May bank holiday, people need to order their repeat prescriptions in plenty of time. This is particularly important for people who need their medication to manage long term health conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and asthma, where running out of medication could pose serious consequences. Some pharmacies may be open on the bank holiday, to find one near you search ‘find a pharmacy’ online.

“People can order their repeat prescriptions either by contacting their GP practice or via the NHS App. Anyone who needs urgent medical help or advice over the May bank holiday can visit or call 111. If it’s a life-threating emergency call 999.”

Pharmacies that are open can give you advice on a range of conditions and suggest medicines that can help. They may also be able to offer treatment and some prescription medicine for some conditions, without you needing to see a GP, whether it’s an earache (for children aged 1 to 17 years) or a urinary tract infection (for women aged 16 to 64 years).

Emotional support is also available over this period through Guide-Line between 8am and 12am on 08001 884 884 or the Healthy Minds website to get help. For 24/7 urgent mental health crisis support, people should contact First Response on 0800 952 1181.